It is certainly a new world in which we live! When speaking with colleagues of mine, I often hear them say “things run in a cycle, I have been through this before.”  With the advent of healthcare reform and pay for performance, we are at a point in healthcare that we have never experienced before.  Years ago, organizations had a choice of where to appropriate their priority, mission or margin?
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Fri, 22 May 2015 12:12:00 -0500

"We were looking for a strong partner, but we were also looking for a good fit," says West Georgia Health's CEO. "Culturally, I believe this is a very good marriage."

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:09:00 -0500

LifePoint will own 80% of the joint venture with Wisconsin's Watertown Regional Medical Center, which will retain a 20% ownership stake in the hospital if the deal is approved by regulators.

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:06:00 -0500

Under the joint venture finalized this week, WMC has taken 60% ownership and controls day-to-day operations of Bon Secours Charity Health.

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:08:00 -0500

"The financial health insecurity that comes from being underinsured is substantial and puts people's health and well-being at risk," says The Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD.

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:01:00 -0500

In-hospital outcomes among patients undergoing CAS in the US varied fourfold after adjusting for differences in patient risk factors in an analysis of data from a large, nationwide stenting registry. From MedPage Today.

Wed, 20 May 2015 12:13:00 -0500

Nearly 90% of patients say they prefer to make a final decision about surgery on their own, or on their own "after seriously considering" their doctor's opinion."

Wed, 20 May 2015 12:06:00 -0500

An initiative by three major U.S. health systems aims to "minimize the number of patients who wind up getting their care by so-called 'hobbyists,' surgeons and hospitals that seldom do these procedures," says one of its chief proponents.

Tue, 19 May 2015 12:09:00 -0500

If the bill adversely affects the RAC revenue stream, then lawmakers who are reluctant to raise taxes and committed to pay-as-you-go funding would have to find a way to offset the revenue loss to avoid deficit spending.

Tue, 19 May 2015 12:03:00 -0500

The American College of Physicians offers, for the first time, a way of thinking about whether or not and how much to screen for certain cancers.

Mon, 18 May 2015 12:08:00 -0500

A study of 153 existing clinical registries found "there's no governing body, there's no standards, [and] there's no official central clearinghouse," says one researcher.

Mon, 18 May 2015 12:05:00 -0500

"We are the masters of unscheduled care," says one emergency medicine leader. Efforts to stem patient flow should be undertaken while recognizing the patient's role in the decision to seek treatment. Internal and external approaches are required.

Fri, 15 May 2015 12:16:00 -0500

Revenue cycle leaders bridge financial, clinical, and operations functions. A report from HealthLeaders Media Revenue Cycle Exchange.

Fri, 15 May 2015 12:14:00 -0500

Leaders at Intermountain Healthcare have committed resources in analytics, care management, and clinic models to reduce high utilization.

Thu, 14 May 2015 12:20:00 -0500

Few patients view hospital quality and cost data, and fewer still act upon it, but many still end up at higher quality hospitals. "There is something else going on, and it would be fascinating to see what it is," says one researcher.

Thu, 14 May 2015 12:16:00 -0500

The emergency department and its multifarious collaborating departments may embrace lean efficiencies, but that will not be enough to remedy all of a healthcare system's inefficiencies, this HealthLeaders Media report advises.

Wed, 13 May 2015 12:56:00 -0500

Nearly half of patients leave the hospital post-PCI without a referral to cardiac rehabilitation. From MedPage Today.

Wed, 13 May 2015 12:21:00 -0500

Consolidating finance operations, whether the result of a merger or even within an existing system, requires finesse and transparency, CFOs say.

Tue, 12 May 2015 12:18:00 -0500

Whether it's meant to bring together employed or independent physicians or both, a physician enterprise needs to be flexible and transparent enough to achieve both cost reduction and better outcomes.

Tue, 12 May 2015 12:10:00 -0500

As it struggles with price transparency and works to improve quality of care, the Ohio Hospital Association anticipates growing demands for population health data from its members, says the organization's president.

Mon, 11 May 2015 12:38:00 -0500

While the U.S. economy slowly recovers, healthcare jobs have skyrocketed, benefiting from favorable federal policies and greater access to care.

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:45:52 -0500

Is the paleo diet better for you than standard nutritional guidelines? Take our survey and let us know.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:53:44 -0500

The Affordable Care Act is having a lasting impact on small businesses, affecting how owners make decisions about hiring and managing staff, upgrading equipment and more.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:04:15 -0500

With just over three weeks left to choose new coverage in the health law marketplaces, deciphering the complex system of subsidies remains a key challenge for many would-be insurance customers.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:47:12 -0600

A WSJ reporter followed a group of families and scientists trying to accelerate the development of a drug to treat Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a rare and fatal cholesterol metabolism disorder known as NPC that strikes primarily children.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:31:45 -0600

Health law overhaul is affecting millions of Americans. Readers write to the Wall Street Journal to answer the question, "How has the health law affected you?"

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:18:21 -0600

On Tuesday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET the Wall Street Journal's Anna Mathews will be joined by Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Mike Stahl, senior vice president at HealthMarkets, and Adam Okun, senior vice president at Frenkel Benefits, to discuss the health law, what it means for consumers and employers, and answer reader questions.

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:27:25 -0600

This has been a huge year for the law known as Obamacare. Tell us your story of how the health law has affected you.

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:08:45 -0600

Dr. Christopher Austin and the Journal's Health reporter Amy Dockser Marcus took questions about treatments for rare disease during a Reddit AMA.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:35:50 -0600

For years, Christopher P. Austin has been trying to develop a way for science to build a better partnership with patients. Dr. Austin and the Journal’s Amy Dockser Marcus are answering questions now.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:27:34 -0500

Sleep experts say napping done right is good for the brain and our work performance. But what’s the best way to grab some extra zzz’s during the day?

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